The Youth Competition at Ice Alaska will be held from March 13-March 17. The exhibits will be judged after 9:30 pm on March 17. The Awards and Lighting Ceremony will take March 18 at 8:00PM.
The local schools have developed an ice sculpting curriculum, and the youth competition, held for the first time in 2006, continues today to encourage students in Jr. High and High School to use their sculpting skills learned in school in competitions.
To qualify for the competition, the one-two person teams must be enrolled in the 9th -12th grade, must have a parent permission and must attend a safety class either through a school program or one sponsored by Ice Alaska. The teams must submit a drawing and/ or a clay model to Ice Alaska for consideration for acceptance into the competition.
Teams are provided one ice block measuring 3’ x 5’x 4’ and weighing approximately 3,600 lbs. The block will be placed vertically, horizontally or flat, per the sculptor’s request. Once the ice block is placed, the youth team may not use motorized tools or equipment to move the block. The sculpture may consist only of the ice, snow and water. Experienced artists are on hand to assist with requested chainsaw cuts, to answer questions, and offer technical assistance allowed within the competition guidelines. Awards of medals and gift certificates are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
As with the single and multi-block competitions, there are two categories, Abstract and Realistic. Abstract sculptures express themes, movement or meaning through symbolic forms which are not necessarily recognizable objects; they may just appeal to the aesthetic sense. Sculptures in the Realistic category are based on clearly recognizable objects or beings, either real or imaginary. The major focus of the Realistic category is skillful technique.
The sculptures will be judged on their technical skill, overall artistic impression, and site presentation. After the signal horn has sounded to end the competition, the sculptors must stop all work on their sculpture. Failure to stop when notified by Ice Alaska may result in disqualification. Sculptors must clean up their work site and the area around the sculpture, but may not work on the piece after the ending horn has sounded. During the clean-up time, the team must make the site presentable for judging. There will be no scrap or extra ice in the immediate site and the tools must be removed. The sculptures will be judged under natural light with no colored lights.
This year we have six returning sculptors and two new sculptors in the competition. Some of their work has titles such as “Frozen Fox Love”, “Veritas”, “Wraith Hunter” and “Drumming Beast”. Please come visit the Ice Park and cheer these young and hopeful sculptors on to victory. The next step for them may be the Ice Art Championships.